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    Hi, I'm Wazari Wazir, Malaysian Photojournalist working for the Government of Malaysia. Will be sharing a wide variety of pictures here from my official assignment and personal pictures. I do conduct Photography and Photoshop Workshops if there is any invitations.

    I've Conduct a Photoshop Workshops in IIUM International Islamic University Malaysia (Gombak) and also at Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (UniKL MIAT), in Selangor and other Photography Workshops all over the country including Sabah Malaysia North Borneo.

    My Blog is The Winner for Best Photography Blog 2014 during MSMW Malaysia Social Media Week Blogger Awards 2014.

    Thank you for visiting My Blog and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me through my email...

    wazariwazir@yahoo.com | Tel No : + 6012 2812753

Natural Light Portrait Photography

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Raphael Portrait With Window Natural Light | 50 mm | f/2.8 | ISO 100 | 1/200

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Raphael Portrait With Natural Light  | 50 mm | f/2.8 | ISO 100 | 1/200

If you have been following my blog, you will know that I like using natural light when it comes to photographing my kids. Natural light is free, but it is not available all the time, unlike using flash photography or artificial light, you can use it all the time. So the real challenge when using natural light is that, you need to act quickly before it gets too dark.

The photograph of my son Raphael above wee taken in the doorway, I tell my son to stand in the doorway but he refuse to stand, instead he sits on his little plastic bicycle and move here and there. Actually the real challenge here is not about lighting, but to have a high level of patience. Personally for me, I will never give up until I got what I really want.

I’ve to make all kind of crazy things just to get my son attention, he is always moving around. So the first thing that you need to pay attention when photographing super active kids is to use a very fast shutter speed. Here I use shutter speed of  1/200. I like to have a clean image, so I use ISO 100, the grain there was added later during editing in the Adobe Lightroom. There were no  “noise”  visible at ISO 100 for this images.

For the beginners out there, if you notice, the lighting here is a little bit tricky. It can easily fools your camera metering because there were large area of dark side, if you use Auto setting, the probability of getting overexposed image is high, so the solution is to use to Spot Metering and Lock the Exposure or use Manual Mode like what I’m doing here. What I’m trying to say here is to get the exposure right especially the shutter speeds (make it around 1/100 and above) and then just focus on capturing the right moment.

Travel | Amsterdam | The Secret of Happiness

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Rijksmuseum | Amsterdam | Netherland

A merchant sent his son to learn the Secret of Happiness from the wisest of men.  The young man wandered through the desert for forty days until he reached a beautiful castle at the top of a mountain. There lived the sage that the young man was looking for.  However, instead of finding a holy man, our hero entered a room and saw a great deal of activity; merchants coming and going, people chatting in the corners, a small orchestra playing sweet melodies, and there was a table laden with the most delectable dishes of that part of the world.

The wise man talked to everybody, and the young man had to wait for two hours until it was time for his audience.  With considerable patience, he listened attentively to the reason for the boy’s visit, but told him that at that moment he did not have the time to explain to him the Secret of Happiness.  He suggested that the young man take a stroll around his palace and come back in two hours’ time.

“However, I want to ask you a favour,” he added, handing the boy a teaspoon, in which he poured two drops of oil.  “While you walk, carry this spoon and don’t let the oil spill.” The young man began to climb up and down the palace staircases, always keeping his eyes fixed on the spoon.  At the end of two hours he returned to the presence of the wise man.  “So,” asked the sage, “did you see the Persian tapestries hanging in my dining room? Did you see the garden that the Master of Gardeners took ten years to create? Did you notice the beautiful parchments in my library?”

Embarrassed, the young man confessed that he had seen nothing.  His only concern was not to spill the drops of oil that the wise man had entrusted to him.  “So, go back and see the wonders of my world,” said the wise man.  “You can’t trust a man if you don’t know his house.”  Now more at ease, the young man took the spoon and strolled again through the palace, this time paying attention to all the works of art that hung from the ceiling and walls.

He saw the gardens, the mountains all around the palace, the delicacy of the flowers, the taste with which each work of art was placed in its niche.  Returning to the sage, he reported in detail all that he had seen.  “But where are the two drops of oil that I entrusted to you?” asked the sage.  Looking down at the spoon, the young man realised that he had spilled the oil.

“Well, that is the only advice I have to give you,” said the sage of sages.  “The Secret of Happiness lies in looking at all the wonders of the world and never forgetting the two drops of oil in the spoon.”

- Paulo Coelho – (The Alchemist)

The story told by Melchizedek to Santiago in The Alchemist book written by famous Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho is something that I remember the most. In fact The Alchemist book,  inspired me so much to travel the world. To take chance, to embrace an adventure, to see the wonder of the world.

If you have read the book, you will understood about the story better. What I’m trying to relate here with my story is that, I was given a great responsibility from my department to come over to Ukraine and Netherlands to make a visual coverage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 which is believed to be shot down in eastern Ukraine. I’m not here for a holiday, or for a photographic adventure.

I know that my priority here is to focus on my task but at the same time it would be foolish for me if I don’t take the chance  to see whats Ukraine and Netherlands has to offer. I’ve to widen my view and not just focusing on the task at hand and ignore everything. I wouldn’t know when I will be coming here again. So I decided to visit few interesting places in Amsterdam when I’ve a little bit free of time, it would be a waste of time for me if I just spending the whole day at my hotel room even though I was very tired.

I quickly study the Amsterdam map, look for an interesting place and then together with my friend Safwan Mansor from Malaysia Gazette, we took the tram and head over to Rijksmuseum. The reason I really wanted to visit this place is to witness by myself the most iconic “I amsterdam” Logo located in front of famous Rijksmuseum. There is another great pace to visit not very far from the Rijksmuseum which is the Van Gogh Museum but we don’t have much time. The photograph above were taken around 7 pm, a day before we flew home, our last day in Amsterdam.

Family Outing | China-Malaysia Friendship Garden | Putrajaya

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Haiqal and Raphael Looks a Little Bit Tense Because They Wanted To Be Free

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Arianna With Her Mother | Arianna With Her Grandmother (Right)

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | My Family at China-Malaysia Friendship Garden

China-Malaysia Friendship Garden is another new interesting place or landmark in Putrajaya, it is quite an interesting place to have a photograph taken here but unfortunately I don’t have much to show you here. I was here with my family and together with my mother, I don’t want to make this family outing as a photography trip, because doing that will take too much time and my kids won’t be happy. Anyway another reason why there is not much photographs taken at this beautiful garden is because there were few photographers doing some kind of model shooting with three sets of CLS complete with an umbrella, they were occupied one of the best spot for photography here. I did try to wait for them to finish their photo shoot but it seems like forever. So I took some quick photographs and move on.

This is not the first China-Malaysia Friendship Garden built here in Malaysia, back in 2004, there is another China-Malaysia Friendship Garden build at Jalan Song in Kuching Sarawak  to commemorate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China. Here in Putrajaya the  China-Malaysia Friendship Garden were built to mark the 40th anniversary of China-Malaysia diplomatic relations and  to renew friendship between people of two countries. The garden were located  in Promenade Precinct 4, next to  Seri Saujana Bridge. If you were coming from Kuala Lumpur using MEX Highway, just after passing the Seri Saujana Bridge, take left turn and you will see a large parking spot there and park your vehicle.

Anyway I’m not here to talk in details about the garden but if you happen to be in Putrajaya, why don’t you make a quick stop here, admission is free, just to let you know also that this garden is yet to be officially open  but the public can come and visit. As for photography purposed, you better come here in the early morning or late afternoon, this is another great place in Putrajaya to do wedding shot, portraiture, fashion shoot and might be latest addiction for selfie, if you do it creatively, someone might think you were in somewhere China. I cannot confirm this but from the information that I get, this garden will be officially launched in December this year.

*All photographs were taken with 50 mm lens and edited with #VSCO Film pack.

A Portrait of My Children | Black and White Portraiture

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | A Portrait of Seven Year Old HaiQal

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | A Portrait of Three Year Old Raphael

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | A Portrait of One Year Old Arianna Wearing Russian Ushanka

It’s been quite awhile since I posted a black and white portraiture of my children. Lately I like colour photography more than black and white, maybe I want to remember the colours of their clothing and the colours of their environment.

Famous Canadian photographer Ted Grant once said that “When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!”. I couldn’t agree more but there is a situation where colours also express something about the person, about their belief, religion and maybe their character or personality.

Anyway I don’t have much time to discuss about that, in fact lately I rarely have time on my own. The photograph above were taken with 50 mm fixed prime lens. All of the photographs above were taken with natural light as usual under the shade, to get even lighting on their face. It seems so simple but the truth is, it never get easier to photograph them.

Some of you might notice that the black and white is not really “black,” yes you are right but then, lately I think this kind of greyscale of lighter version of black and white seems quite popular and I like to experiment.

Zubye - A timeless portrait. Love this!

Malaysian Prime Minister | Budget 2015 At The Parliament

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | A Light Moment Between Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim (Left) and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Before Tabling of Budget  2015  In The Parliament

This is not a rare occasion between members of the Parliament, opposition and the government, this is normal occurrence, it is just that most people did not have the previlege  see it. What they normally see is a war of words between them, it’s like they can never get together, it’s like they hate each other so much, it’s like they can never  have a cup of coffee together talking about other things other than about politics, they are just like you and me, normal human beings. Sometimes we get too carried away by our difference but they at the Parliament do enjoy their time together despite their difference.

Zubye - wow!! Wazari. You captured it very well.
I love to see more photos like this!
Thumbs up!